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Report: Derek Chollet to Leave Defense Department Int’l Affairs Role

Derek Chollet
Derek Chollet

Derek Chollet is set to depart his role as the Defense Department’s assistant secretary for international security affairs in January, Foreign Policy reported Wednesday.

Chollet told his staff Wednesday in an email that he is leaving President Barack Obama’s national security team after nearly six years, Kate Brannen reports.

Chollet works to advise Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on policy issues related to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Western Hemisphere, as well as to oversee security programs in these regions, according to the report.

He served as special assistant to the president and senior director for strategic planning on the National Security Council staff prior to his role in Pentagon, the report says.

Chollet said Elissa Slotkin, who will return to Pentagon in August as principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, would be on the shortlist to be his replacement, Foreign Policy reports.

Brannen writes Lisa Kenna is also set to join the international security affairs office as a senior adviser.

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